Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT) celebrates 40 years this season as the Merrimack Valley’s professional theatre. With a steadfast commitment to contemporary voices and new plays, MRT produces seven works, including several world premieres, each season.
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Sean Daniels and Executive Director Bonnie J. Butkas, MRT strives to fulfill its mission “to share theatrical stories of human understanding that reflect and engage our community.” The company guarantees that shows are accessible to audiences of all incomes; partners with businesses and non-profit groups to fully engage the community; and contributes to the economic vitality of Lowell by attracting diverse audiences from throughout the region.
Recent acclaimed productions include Daniels’ own autobiographical play, The White Chip; I and You (Off-Broadway transfer) and Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson, the most produced playwright in America; Women in Jeopardy! by Wendy MacLeod (directed by Daniels); KNYUM by Cambodian playwright and actor Vichet Chum; and The Lion, singer-songwriter Benjamin Scheuer’s award-winning musical memoir (also directed by Daniels), which launched its national tour from MRT in August 2015, following critically acclaimed runs in New York and London.
Daniels also oversees his innovative audience immersion program, The Cohorts Club, which offers the community unprecedented access to the creative process, and he shepherds The Patriot Program, a network of more the 60 artists, which is revolutionary in its approach to artistic associate programs.